Press Release: Celebrate Flag Day by protecting Old Glory

 
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Press Release: Celebrate Flag Day by protecting Old Glory

 

As Americans across the country proudly hoist the Stars and Stripes for Flag Day, city streets will blaze with red, white and blue.  American Legion posts at various locations will conduct proper flag-collection and retirement ceremonies.  The spouses and parents of fallen troops will look upon the colors and consider the cost of freedom, as symbolized by the U.S. flag, now celebrating its 234th birthday.

At the same time, American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster is seeking support for a constitutional amendment to return to the people the right to protect Old Glory.  The amendment simply reads: “Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.” 

By judicial decree in 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a controversial 5-4 decision, “amended” the United States Constitution by “inserting” flag burning into the Bill of Rights.  That decision took from the American people a fundamental right that had been exercised from our beginning as a nation – the right to protect our flag.

Since then, The American Legion – along with the Citizens Flag Alliance and a majority of Americans – have fought for a constitutional amendment that would allow for the passage of flag-protection laws.  All 50 states have passed memorializing resolutions in support of such an amendment.

“The U.S. flag is so much more than a piece of cloth,” Foster said. “It is a universal symbol of freedom, hope and security, and the price in blood Americans have paid to provide, protect and restore those values.  As it did after the Revolutionary War, our flag inspires patriotic Americans and troops in harm’s way around the world today.  Those who wish to burn it, stomp on it or soil it are not conducting speech as I believe our nation’s founders envisioned.  They are conducting acts of hatred, hatred for all that our flag symbolizes and all who gave their lives fighting under it.  That is why, as veterans, The American Legion will never stop fighting for its protection.”

Protection of our flag impairs no one’s free speech.  It does not prevent a single idea from being expressed.  It involves no censorship of an idea.  The amendment would only allow for the prohibition of conduct with respect to one unique object, the flag of the United States of America. 

House Joint Resolution 13, introduced by U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO) currently has 50 co-sponsors, including 44 Republicans and six Democrats.  A parallel measure, Senate Joint Resolution 19, was introduced today in the Senate with bipartisan support by Senators Orrin Hatch (UT) and Max Baucus (MT).

Commander Foster requests all Legionnaires, concerned citizens, veterans and their families to write, call and visit their congressional representatives to either request their co-sponsorship or to thank them for their support.

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when she flys . I still slaute old glory. And have tear dim eyes, she is more than beautilful.
she america, all of are men and women in uniform,has kept her,flying free I was in the usmc
when anyone strikes a match to burn her
or desecrate her. we are through talking, its fight"n time

The flag is symbolic of the ideas of this country. Leave it to Commander Foster to spin his wheels on sh*t that will only further his own political asperations. Action needs to be repealing the Uniform Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA). More Vets are adversly afected by this more that anyone whoever burned a flag!

As a brother Marine, and a nam vet, Gary has said it all. Sempi Fi. As for the loser's in Washington, they just worry about getting re-elected. They could care less. God Bless our Flag, and all who gave life, and limb for her.

I spent two years in Viet Nam. I lost a lot of good friends over there so, Desicrate my flag and I will demolish you!

Have we solved all of this nation's problems when I was not looking??? Are we not still fighting TWO wars (those we know about) in which fellow soldiers continue to die? Are there not millions of homeless, unemployed and uninsured citizens still clinging to a subsistence life? Is our economy not in tatters? Is retirement not becoming a thing of the past for many? Isn't just about every day filled with news articles about the stupidity and callous acts of those in our government, many of whom want to be elected president???

Gay marriage, flag burning, abortion - what other tripe can be debated to take our eyes off the problems that we face. Yes, I am a Vet as was my departed Dad and my two sisters and we want our tax dollars to employ representatives who will address the REAL issues and try to fix this broken down country that is running on empty.

Right...this is a non-issue. The authoritarians who are on the side of a CONSTITUTIONAL change to "protect the flag" seem to think their version of reality should be the law of the land, this being but one example. If they can get LAW ENFORCEMENT behind this empty-headed prohibition (what person in their right mind thinks our "flag" is even THREATENED?) they may well get other laws with far more ugly consequences enforced.

The Banksters run free, as does War Criminal George W. Bush and his bunch. Then there's the two wars maybe three, the extraordinarily high rate of not having an income from work, the collapse and ruin of major cities. The economy seems to teeter on the edge of some wider abyss. Wall Street calls the shots in Washington. And we're to believe we need this kind of action to PROTECT THE FLAG??

Im A 17yr vet and it burns me up to see our colors ours to be trashed in such a maner ,the Blood sweat and tears of our past present and future Brothers and sisters who have givien all and are still giving. Iam so sick of the pc. bs and to hide behind the first amendment this is such a load lets take back what we worked so hard to protect the constitution and the declareation of our independance
and our way of life.

I am the author of the poem I AM THE AMERICAN FLAG.The poem was writen on the 4th of July 1990 in a resterant in Humble TX.And a copy was givin to THEN Presitent George W Bush. I am also a 100% disabeled vet from the Korean war I was wounded on August 17th 1950 on Hill 303 in the first big atrosety of the Korean war 40 men in my unit were executed with their hands tied behind their backs by the North Koreans that day, five survived and two are still alive. Desecrating our Flag is a phisical act of violance that has nothing to do with free speech. I have ben fighting this for over 20 years, so come on in patriots and help us to get this bill pased once and for and for all . Protect the flag and you protect yourself Thanks

Donald, I agree with you that our Flag and free speech are unrelated. Thank you for the contribution of your poem, I Am the American Flag, and your service and that of all of your unit during the Korean War. If those lacking patriotism feel the need to use our Flag as a substitute for speech they may well feel differently having experienced what you and many in combat have. God Bless America and those who have kept us free.

I was in the service (Army) when I was 17-yrs-old, I was able to enlist with my father's consent at that time. I was serving in Viet Nam when I was 18-yrs-old. (1968) I was there for 1 1/2yrs. When I came back, my time was over, but there were no jobs to go to. I re-enlisted for 6-yrs. But my time ended early because I became diabetic. It was caused by the Agent Orange that was dropped over there!
But I'm still an American who fought under the "Stars & Stripes" and I post my American flag when it is supposed to be seen to show my love for my country!! This flag should never be burned or desecrated until it time for it to be rightfully burned and replaced to show my love for this country!! IF ANYBODY EVER TRIES TO STEAL OR DESICRATE MY FLAG, MAY GOD SAVE HIS SOUL!!

The AMERICAN FLAG should live in our hearts and no one will ever be able to burn it, stomp on it or destroy. Don't let a few hate mongers and ingnorant people affect the way we live.

I say, anybody who wants to desecrate the flag of our country, no matter where they were born, can just leave, & don't let the door hit you in the behind on the way out! A Lady Army Vet, & proud of it!!!

Burning the flag or desecrating it is NOT speech, but a despicable ACTION, as such not protected under the freedom of speech laws. ANY judge, state or federal representative, and I could use alot of adjectives here, who says or think differently, needs to be removed from their positionbecause they are NOT interpretting the law, but letting their activist thought and views decide things. That is not what they are there for, so remove the sorry excuses of humanity.

Our flag in not a freedom of speach or freedom of expression. If it is I should be able to use my right to free speach or expression to smash the head of those doing the un thinkable things to the flag and have these judges let me go fee.

I am a Vietnam vet. It was our own brothers who burned the flag to get the governments attention to the fact that we were upset with the way the war was being handled. We don't want to be like other countries and have it a crime to burn our colors in protest. There is so much garbage that is freedom of speech why shouldn't this be. THE FEDERAL FLAG CODE HAS nothing about a ceremony for burning the flag. It is done in private and with respect. Re-read the flag code and don't change that part of it. I spent forty years wearing the army uniform but to make t illegal to burn the flag is placing to much authority on it when there is no crime for people who take the lords name in vain. My God is more precious than my flag. He is the one who brought me through the war.

I HAVE NOT SEEN TO MUCH FLAG BURNING, HERE IN THIS COUNTRY,GRANT I HAVE SEEN PLENTY OF IT IN OTHER LANDS,BUT I HAVE SEEN OTHER ABUSE OF IT AND OTHER THINGS THAT DESTURB ME MORE.SURE IT'S NICE TO WAVE OLD GLORY IN PARADES AND SUCH.BUT WHAT BOTHERS ME MOST IS THIS.THE SPEECH WE SEEM TO ADAPT IN THIS LAND.FOR EXAMPLE,WE SEEM TO PUT AMERICA SECOND IN OUR SPEECH,I AM AND "AMERICAN" THAT'S IT.THAT'S ALL,NO EXTRA,,BUT SOME SEEM HELL BENT ON EXTRA'S, AND WHEN SAID,SEEM TO PUT AMERICA SECOND,LIKE- MEXICAN AMERICAN,AFRICAN AMERICAN,IRISH,DUTCH,ITILIAN,ETC,AMERICAN. IF YOU HAVE TO SEPERATE,WHY NOT AMERICAN MEXICAN,AMERICAN AFRICAN,AMERICAN IRISH,DUTCH,ETC.I WENT IN SERVICE FOR THE LAWS OF THIS LAND AND FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLE,I "DID NOT GO TO GIVE OTHERS IN OTHER LANDS THE FREEDOM WE HAVE" HERE'S WHAT "BURNS" MY ASS,I LOOK BACK ON ALL THE WARS AND WONDER WHAT THIS COUNTRY WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE IF NONE OF ALL THE YOUNG MEN HAD LIVED IN ALL THE WAR.HERE'S WHAT THE FLAG MEAN'S TO ME,""THE BLUE AND THE STARS'' STAND FOR ALL THE DREAMS THAT ALL THE YOUNG MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIFES FOR,THE'' WHITE'' MEANS THE INCENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE AND FOR THE ONES THAT GAVE ALL,AND THE ''RED'' IS FOR THE BLOOD THAT HAS BEEN GAVE FROM ALL.SO IF YOU ARE THE ONES THAT BURN,SPIT,HANG IT UPSIDE DOWN WITH A MEXICAN FLAG ABOVE IT,THAT MEAN ,,"YOU SON-A-BITCHES HAVE NOT GAVE ANYTHING,JUST TOOK.""WARNING'''' LAW OR NOT ,JUST DON'T DO IT IN FRONT OF ME,,,,, TO MANY GAVE TO LET ONE SON-A-BITCH GET BY WITH IT,,,THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

Anyone who would desecrate the United States flag should be tried and sentenced for treason.

Making it illegal to burn the flag places too much power in the hands of an already bloated government.
What will happen if the Flag becomes the symbol of a totalitarian theocracy or a Nazi government?

Having a Flag Protection Amendment does not attempt to force anyone to respect the flag, although it might force them to respect the ideas and views of others, just as they want theirs repsected. It WAS a law, until the drugged out hippy liberals of the 60's and 70's started getting elected and or appointed. Maybe it is time to require the politician, judges, and lawyers to be tested for drug and alcohol abuse. If they fail, remove them from their position and send them to rehab, not to return to their position. If I punch someone in the nose, as Rooster advocates, I have committed a criminal act, although if I see someone burning a flag, that is EXACTLY what I will do. I served in the Navy from 71-79, and STILL work hard to let the military know that their service and sacrifices are greatly appreciated. If it were not for the military, past and present, none of us would have what we have or do what we do. God bless the military, and continue the great work.

Oh, c'mon. We don't need a constitutional amendment to protect the flag from a handful of nuts. Anyone who burns our flag can be arrested for disorderly conduct, public burning without a permit, inciting a riot, or half a dozen other charges. Take the guy to jail and the to court where the judge can release him to the custody of the local American Legion post where he can receive re-education on how to properly handle the flag. I'm pretty sure that the members would ensure that there would be no repeat performances.

The flag is the symbol of our country and our way of life. To desecrate it in any way is a despicable act, which should be punished as the act against our country that it is. Pray for the United States of America.

On an emotional level I feel exactly the same as the Commander about desecrating the flag and I am repelled by anyone that doesn't care for the flag correctly. However, on a legal and law enforcement level, the devil is in the details.

We need to take a hard look at how this Amendment would work if passed. For example, how would the Amendment be enforced? What exactly, besides burning, cutting it up into small pieces, or stomping on it, constitutes "physical desecration" of the flag?

For example, how about all the little flags that are sold in grocery stores for 4th of July - they often end up on a garage shelf getting dirty for months afterward; or they are often left on the sidewalk, or on the grounds in the park after the parades and picnics are over with...is that desecration of the flag? If so, who do we prosecute?? How about folks that hang out a flag on their house, or on a bridge, and never take it down and it gets tattered and faded??? When does that treatment become physical desecration of the flag?? Who is the judge of when a flag is desecrated, or not desecrated??? Do we hire "flag police"? What is the penalty??? Is physical desecration of the flag to be a misdemeanor or a felony??

Before the American Legion goes any further down the primrose path of what, I'm afraid, many Americans could easily perceive to be nothing more than "self-serving feel-good fair weather patriotism", I'd like to see questions such as those above addressed by the legal community.

We need to see if we are simply wasting time, effort, and money pursuing an amendment that once passed (with subsequent supporting laws passed in Congress) simply becomes another legal albatross that sounds good and feels good, but proves to be unenforceable and a waste of taxpayers money as the law enforcement community deals with yet another statute to enforce and prosecute.

The laws supporting the enforcement of the proposed Amendment must be crystal clear as to exactly what constitutes "physical desecration" of the flag. Otherwise, the law could become a crude and emotionally charged weapon that could be used to harass perfectly patriotic citizens because in the opinion of some ill-motivated citizen, "flag-police officer", or other law enforcement agent, they have "desecrated" the flag when actually the citizen simply leaves it out every night, for example, and it gets
dirty and faded after a few months. If such cases are not handled ethically, an over-eager prosecutor, perhaps with his own political agenda, could terrorize otherwise fine citizens with unnecessary harassment by using such laws to make him look good politically. We don't need to be hatching laws that
can be used as a club for witch hunts that could destroy peoples reputations and end up being used to violate other aspects of our Constitutional protections and way of life.

Conceivably, people could become so concerned about the possibility of being harassed by the "flag police" for inadvertently "desecrating the flag" that no one would want to own a flag or have anything to do with the flag for fear the "flag police", or some one else in the Govt, could find a reason to prosecute them for "desecration of the flag". To push this further, the flag could become some sort of "idol" or "ornament" that could only be handled by specially trained flag bearers and so on and so on.... Sounds silly?.... Look at the history of how power-hungry dictators have often used existing, but poorly conceived laws, as clubs to take over society.....

We have a Flag Code that provides citizens with plenty of guidance on the proper care and display of the Flag. With the exception of a relatively few situations in our Nations' history (e.g., some demonstrations in the 60s/70s), the citizens of our Nation have done an outstanding job caring for our flag. Do we really need another set of potentially cumbersome and costly laws that in many respects simply gives the Governments one more reason to get involved in our personal lives.

Personally, unless, the American Legion can provide to its members concrete insights into how the concerns outlined above can be satisfied, I'd recommend that the American Legion leadership avoid pursuing further what could, twenty years hence, be viewed as a quixotic effort that accomplished little of substance and diverted valuable resources (i.e., member donations and volunteer efforts) from other more pertinent causes such as:
-Pushing harder on the Congress to focus on matters of direct and personal value to all members - e.g, best possible medical care for veterans, improved procedures at the VA), or
-Other patriotic public service efforts such as holding education campaigns for kids and adults on the proper care and display of the American Flag; and the list goes on and on....

I have tremendous confidence in the American People, as a society, to properly care for the American Flag without any new Amendments or laws. I am deeply concerned that setting up new Amendments and laws to protect our flag will simply establish one more opportunity for Government interference in our lives.

Furthermore, if we must rely on the Government to enforce laws pertaining to the care of the Flag, then it means we, as individuals and as a society, will have lost our will to take on personal responsibility for the care of one of our most precious possessions - our flag. Should we reach that point in our history, then I think our Nation will be facing existential threats to our way of life far more dangerous than desecration of the Flag.

Hey sir- The Amendment, if passed, would simply put all the laws that were in effect in 1989 back into effect with regard to flag desecration.  The American Legion is pursuing it at a national level because it was a resolution passed by Legionnaires meeting in convention.  In fact, employees, like myself, have zero say in whether to engage in certain efforts or not, that is all decided by whether we have a resolution on the issue, and if we do, we are duty bound to try to effectuate it.

I didn't include any videos from recent flag burnings in my post, but here is one example from last year that I got a lot of email on...

http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=18219

 

This is most definitely not the time to be bringing this subject up.... Our country has many far more important things to be considered than if some scum bum "desecrates" the flag. We are faced with a debt that will bring this country down if something is not done about it, and to distract our law makers with this trivial piece of legislation is at best misguided if not down right treasonable...

The passing of a law to protect our Nation's flag should have been done years ago. We unfortunately had many congressmen/women who were apathetic to it. If our forefathers knew it was going to be a free speech issue, it would have been passed long ago. Similar to a one nation, one language issue in mexifornia. Lets be true to our (school) and pass a law to protect our flag and the American english language.

I am a Nam vet. I do not believe we ever fought a war to defend our flag. We have fought to defend what it stands for, which is freedom. Some of these freedoms would be taken away from us by "right" minded people. They are still freedoms taken away from us. One of these freedoms is political freedom including freedom of speech which includes flag burning. I do not condone it but I do understand the perceived need to do it. We do not need to lose any more freedoms to congressional law makers even though it feels right.

MY FLAG, I AM THE FLAG BEARER WITH OUR HONOR GUARD AND TO MANY OF OUR VETERANS HAVE GAVE THEIR LIVES SO IT COULD WAVE ABOVE ALL OTHERS.THIS HAS BEEN TO LONG COMING, HELP ANY WAY YOU CAN,GET THIS OUT ON THE INNERNET IT IS THE WAY TO GET IT OUT TO ALL YOU KNOW.

I am a volunteer bugler at Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley, Wash. Our honor guard (Kent, Post 15) is one of many that provide memorial services to honor deceased veterans.

The presentation of the folded American flag at those services is usually the most touching and emotional part of the ceremony, and I’ve seen ample evidence of that on the faces of many people over the years. I believe that people react in that manner because our flag means a great deal to them, especially in the context of service given and sacrifice made.

Allowing the flag to become an instrument of protest through its burning, or through some other desecration, is an insult to those who value what it stands for, and a violation of its intended purpose. Anyone in our government who would sympathize with protesters wh odesecrate our flag is unfit to serve, is unqualified to represent us and is unworthy of his office.

Dave Davis, Auburn, Washington

The US Flag holds a different meaning for everyone of us. All that it means to me is mine and it lives in me, my heart, my soul. And I protect it by living every day the best I can, be the best man I can be, the best neighbor, the best grandfather, father, son and represent the best of an America I see with my heart. At the end of the day I hope that those I see on my daily endeavors speak of the retired military vet with an American Flag flying in front of his house wityh kindness, and in a pinch knock at my door when the need arises. That is the kind of action that impacts my life not what anybody else does to the cloth. There is a long way to go, and that flag requires our action in dealing with the America we live in every day. I hope to make my Puertorican mother, My Cuban wife, her first generation American grandchildren, our friends and neighbors of every color, nationality and faith understand what that flag flying on the entrance to our home represents by living it. There are enough false gods. Don't Deify another, don't give the the faithful and excuse to impose their views on every body else. Burn... no, light a candle and use it to iluminate the path of those that come after. When you run out of candle light use whatever works, even a cloth.

Iam the Sgt-At-Arms at American Legion Post 324, Jackson, MI. If somebody wants to buy a American Flag and treat it like dirt, it is their money. Just dont take a flag that is flying on somebodys or a buisness property and desecrate it. That is stealing and destroying somebodys property and they will be punished by us vets or the law.

I defy anyone to find a better place to live than in this Country. All of you "flagburners and discontent, so called patriots" take note. Take your discontent to another Country if you are not satisfied with your fredom here, and see how far you get in criticizing there. I am a WW II combat veteran, and nothing in my lifetime gives or has given me the comfort of seeing "OLD GLORY- THE STARS AND STRIPES - THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER" flying freely from a flagstaff. God Bless America, God Bless our Service men/women, And God grant Peace and Rest to the untold thousands who have fought and died to protect this country and "Our Flag."

When will you leftwing liberals get it through your dense skulls. Freedom of speech is words, not actions. The burning of the American flag is no more verbal or freedom of speech, than someone spitting on you or urinating on your clothes. Those are actions, not words, but the liberal hippies of the 60's and 70's considered spitting on the service personnel ok, as a form of freedom of speech. The one and only time that happened to me, the person was missing all of his front teeth afterwards. Actions beget actions.

I served my country, when I was needed with Great Honor. I AM STILL PROUD AND ALWAYS BE PROUD
TOO SERVE MY COUNTRY . Anyone who votes against the PROTECTION OF ARE GREAT FLAG AND SYMBOL OF A FREE NATION. Do not see or understand WHY are young MEN & Women of are Armed Forces are PROUD too serve a GREAT Country with SO MANY FREEDOM'S. GOD BLESS THE U.S.A

It is insane that one would want to desecrate the Flag which represent those who fought for the defense of it and the sovereignty of our Great Nation. We should think about how many times when one is in a war against a enemy and have the Flag flying in hope of victory and the safety of home. Whether seeing our Flag flying during battle or within the borders of our Nation, we should give reverence to the Flag that identifies our Sovereign Nation that was established by The Lord our God.

I come from a military family, my dad brothers self and sons have all served time. My one son as did my dad retired from the armed forces. as a child during the 2nd world war no one would have dreamed of damageing our flag. I believe it should be the same today. Anyone who does so should be put on a ship for te rest of their lives people without a country

Perhaps we'll end up with a new flag one day, either a big red one from China, or the old favorite Don't Tread on Me, will make a come back. Really don't need a new flag law. Just Term Limits for the greedy
power hungry Congress and Senate, that does nothing in the interests of the American people, while it promotes a global agenda with Communist China. I'm also amazed that many of these American flags that are sold, are actually made in China. I have no respect for a flag made in Communist China,
if it is not made in the USA, then it deserves to be burned, burried, used as a table cloth or returned to the country of manufacture. How about a law, whereby, no American flag can be manufactured by
a foreign government, similar to american currancy!

I am a 62 year old Vietnam vet, USN, and I love the fact that in our country that free speech is more valuable to us as a society than even the symbols of our country. Our fellow veterans did not die to protect symbols, they died to protect our freedoms. This amendment is a step backward.

Went to the local Store, Flags are on sale for July 4th, all made in COMMUNIST CHINA.
SEND them back, and enact a law, whereby all american flags are MADE IN USA.
Perhaps someone could start a company here in the US and make Chineese flags and
export them to China. In fact, companies making the US flag, should be certified, as american owned and operated with legal american employees. Flags from China, don't put one on my casket.

I Give up, just went to another local store, with a big W in its name, and I saw a flag
made in VIETNAM, with the stitching ready to come apart, and some of the stars were
up side down. I served in Desert Storm, so I guess i'll be seeing a flag made in Iraq pretty soon.
But at least I can enjoy a Cuban cigar in Canada with some of older draft evaders that
did not want to come back after the pardon. Hopefully my Passport is still good, so
I can come back to the good old USA in time to light off some fire works, Made in China.

Any one who desecrates our flag should be tried for treason and shot.

It's a shame that those who are elected can sit back, scratch their ass and come up with nothing more to do than change the constitution. I'm tired of all those who bash this country and what it stands for, if you don't like how we do things here, get the hell out and don't come back. My father as well as myself, my brother and sister served this great nation and will continue to be here if needed. I fly the American Flag 24/7 and will continue in great respect to all who are still in harms way. It's simple...you burn OUR flag, we burn your ass!

It's a Flag folks .... A symbol .... We don't need to be changing the constitution just because there is a emotional attachment to a symbol. I served our country to defend our constitution NOT a flag. Are you going to put in another amendment to prevent people from burning a copy of the constitution?

Our country is greatest when we defend the rights of those that we disagree with the most.

This country has bigger issues than flag burning. Leave the constitution alone, don't make it easy to change!

I swore to protect the constitution not the flag

inn the past when it was a red meat issue . What makes anyone think it will go anywhere now ?
Slippery slope, camel's nose under the tent, I am against any such amendment. Put it in the context of the second amendment and gun control and tell me your thoughts .

We need to BURN our Congress.

Yes, it's not The Flag, it is My flag. Just recently I finally put my flag pole up, outside. I have had it for 3 years sitting in a box inside my hooch. But, finally before Memorial day came & blew bye. I finally dug the hole, put in the concrete & installed my flag pole. My flag flies on, once and for all. I have always honored my flag, never have I spoken against it. I've fought for it long ago in a stinking jungle, I sure as hell will not dis-respect it. I may be only the 2nd generation in my family that was born in the United States but, I hold my allegiance to the USA. As far as I am concern, I am not a English/American. I AM A AMERICAN AND AS SUCH I WILL SHOW THE RESPECT TO MY FLAG, FOR WHAT IT DESERVES. AND, FROM ME IT DESERVES A LOT. It has given me lots of love & freedom. I will be honored to carry this all my life & when it comes, to my grave. Can, anyone say less??

Service members gave an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States, not the symbols of it. Burning or any other desecration of our flag is a free speech issue. No matter how much you deny it, that is what it is.
It looks like there are a lot of people putting nationalism in front of patriotism. What do we do next; break out the brown shirts and black boots?

Iam proud to have served my country and my flag and if i see anyone burning or in anyother way desicrating my flag i may be the one going to jail for my actions against that person [if that is what you can really call them].

We need this Ammendment passed! Our flag is a symbol of this great country. We need to protect it - not let Way too many Americans, young and old, have died to protect it and what it stands for. By continuing to allow this horrible act, we are, in my opinion, telling all these military service people who died - "so what! You died for nothing

To the best of my knowledge the American flag was a design adopted by an act of the
Congress. Whether it is in the public domain is open to question. In any case, the copyright could be asserted for the American people by a simple federal law.
Based upon that copyright the Congress could prescribe reasonable limitations on manufacture, sales and use. Violators could at least face civil penalties/damages.

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